Park Guell is one of the most fantastic designs ever built by Gaudi. A landmark on its own, it features amazing views of Barcelona and plenty of modernist works. Needless to say, as soon you pass the entrance, you’ll notice right away that this isn’t an ordinary park.
Park Guell History
Curiously, it wasn’t originally intented to be a park, but rather a project for luxurious homes. In 1900, the site was just a rocky hill with nothing but vegetation around, in the vecinity of some isolated upper class country houses.
The intention of the project was to take advantage of the breathtaking views of Barcelona and the clean fresh air, away from the factories, in order to build a top of the line housing complex.
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The result was one of the most fascinating works by Gaudí.
At times, Park Guell looks more like a theme park than a regular one, then again, his work was never on the conventional side.
In Park Guell, there are plenty of paths and vegetation to enjoy, but the architectural estructures are the glue that holds the whole place together.
It’s located on the hill of El Carmel, in the Gràcia District.
Facts of Park Guell
- It was declared UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site in 1984.
- Below the main terrace, the Hypostyle Room is an intriguing place filled with doric columns and beautiful ceiling mosaics.
- The Gaudí House Museum is now a museum displaying the original furniture and other items designed by Gaudí. It udes to be the former residence of the architect and his family.
- The most photographed element in all Park Guell is the Dragon, a beautiful sculpture and fountain located in the stairs that lead to the park.
- The Terrace, a square that covers the main entrance to the park, features a serpentine seating bench all covered in trencadís.
Park Guell Tickets
Entrance to Park Guell used to be free, but as of October 2013 an entry fee is required. Buying the ticket online, you can have direct access to the park without waiting.
Buy tickets to Park Guell
- October 25th to March 28th, from 8:30 to 18:15 (last entry until 17:30)
- March 29th to May 3rd, from 8:00 to 20:00 (last entry until 19:30)
- May 4th to September 6th, from 8:00 to 21:30 (last entry until 21:00)
- September 7th 4th to October 24th, from 8:00 to 20:00 (last entry until 19:30)
How to get to Park Guell
Buses: #24, #92 or the Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus.
Metro: Line 3. Vallcarca Station. Going by metro is not the best choice, there’s a 20-25 minute walk from the nearest station of Vallcarca.
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